Writer: Stef C
Date:Sunday February 26 2006
Saints finally turned their performance into a result yesterday, as they hit the goal trail against Paul Sturrock's Owls.
In recent weeks Saints have just been missing the finally piece of the jigsaw, with really good performances against Reading, Preston and Newcastle but no goals or wins to show for their efforts; in fact the fans have had to endure 398 minutes of football at St Mary's without a goal!
George Burley's new look team finally got their reward for their improved performances, against an injury hit Wednesday side as this time Saints ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.
St Mary's had an upbeat atmosphere for the match and buoyed by this Saints started to take hold of the game early on. Rasiak nearly opened the scoring twice, heading just over and seeing another chance well saved.
Local boy Andrew Surman has really developed under George Burley and the youngster again put in an impressive performance, winning a free kick on the edge of the area which led to Danny Higginbotham scoring the opener. Higgy struck his free kick powerfully around the wall on 33 minutes.
The goal spurred Saints forward and they created chances to extend their lead, Oakley going close with an 18 yard drive. Rasiak also had a good shot saved but Wednesday survived until half time.
The visitors were unable to stop Saints momentum in the second half and it only took Rasiak 3 minutes to kill the game off, scoring with a clinical shot smashed past Adamson.
Then Surman created another, his excellent cross was met by Kenwyne Jones to score against the club he was loaned to last season. Jones has deserved a goal after his hard work in this match and against Newcastle last week.
Things are really looking up at St Mary's now, the club have the feelgood factor returning after so long on a downward spiral. Most of this can be contributed to probably the best coach we've had for decades, maybe since Lawrie McMenemy even.
Lets hope the much publicised off pitch activity doesn't interfere with the rebuilding process. The fans have to forget the politics and continue backing the team. I'm surprised the trend of Lowe bashing has continued even after the recent improvement. As obvious as it is Rupert Lowe has made mistakes in the past, he was responsible for bringing in Burley and that appointment has transformed us totally.
The coach reiterated his support for the chairman in his post match interview:
'I was especially pleased for the chairman because he has had a lot of abuse of late from the fans and the media'
'He has been tremendous since I came here and I am more pleased for him than anyone.'
Are you still anti Lowe, if so why don't you believe he can take us forward ? Do you think the structure we have in place now is working and there is finally harmony between chairman and coach which we can't jeopardise ? Let us know in our comments section below or in the forum.
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Date:Sunday February 26 2006
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